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Should I go with a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder when I purchase my new truck ?

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What's the truck for? Do you need power or fuel economy? Can you afford gas?
Do you want to go in the dirt? Do you need to haul stuff?
This is stuff you need to consider.
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Either way id go with the 6. Even compared to the 4, the gas mileage is still great.
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Go for the six.
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Either way id go with the 6. Even compared to the 4, the gas mileage is still great.
Are you freakin kidding me??? My 3.0 gets crappy gas mileage. If your want good gas mileage get a 4 cylinder with a stick. If your concerned about gas dont get a automatic v6 ranger. Now if your not concerned about getting awesome gas mileage and don't need a lot of power for towing then a 3.0 V6 will be just fine for you. It gets OK gas mileage and has enough power to be fun. Just remember your buying a truck not a sports car.
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Make sure its a 4.0L V6
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6 is good. 4 seems to small to me.
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Make sure its a 4.0L V6
Why? So he can waste gas and have too big of a engine then he needs? Not everyone needs a 4.0
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Its better to have the power and not need it, then need it and not have it...


When do you think you may fil yoru bed up with that dump load of sod one time to do some planting for the wifey, or needing to pull a friends car out of a ditch that he slipped in during winter... or all kidns of things..

Sometimes, with te price range of jumping to a 4.0 it really is handy.. you wont get much mroe then 20+ MPG out of any ford without modifications, a 4 cylinder can hit about that.. but your stuck with a single cab short bed to get that mileage.


I dunno, if buying a Ranger, I think it is all around better to get a 4.0 due to it being a newer engine, the power is excellent to have when you need it.
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My 3.0 will and has hauled anything that I can fit in my bed. I don't even have a hitch so I can't tow lol. Now if it had been up to my and money wasn't a issue I probably would have had a 4.0 but since it wasn't the 3.0 is just fine. Yes a 4.0 is nice, but not everyone needs one.
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Its better to have the power and not need it, then need it and not have it...


When do you think you may fil yoru bed up with that dump load of sod one time to do some planting for the wifey, or needing to pull a friends car out of a ditch that he slipped in during winter... or all kidns of things..

Sometimes, with te price range of jumping to a 4.0 it really is handy.. you wont get much mroe then 20+ MPG out of any ford without modifications, a 4 cylinder can hit about that.. but your stuck with a single cab short bed to get that mileage.


I dunno, if buying a Ranger, I think it is all around better to get a 4.0 due to it being a newer engine, the power is excellent to have when you need it.

You have no clue what your talking about and its time to take your head out your ***.

First off you can get a 2.3 in a ext cab now your not just limited to a reg cab.

Also saying it will get just about 20mpg your wrong Right now its winter and im pulling 24-25mpg constantly CITY driving, when the gas goes back to normal and it warms up it will go back up to the 28mpg I was getting driving in the city, I have pulled up to 34 mpg on the highway with my new 2.3

Also compared to my 3.0/auto in my 98 which got 15mpg city at best and 20 pushing it on the highway the 2.3 has about the same power yet gets better mpg.

I have had 1000 pounds in the back with bricks and my 2.3 handled it with no problem it didnt even grunt only thing I noticed suffering were the brakes.

4.0 is nice but unless you want or need the power its useless to get for a daily driver.
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Definitely do not get the 3.0

3.0 versus 4.0 based purely on what they are rated for.

3.0:
155 Horsepower
15MPG City
20MPG Highway

4.0:
207 Horsepower
15MPG City
20MPG Highway

So in conclusion, the EPA testing has shown that the 3.0 & 4.0 get the same exact MPG, while the 4.0 has 25% more power.
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ive had both a 2.3 and a 4.0 both trucks have 3.73 gearing and were std shift supercabs. while my 2.3 did nearly anything i asked of it, when in hilly areas (such as I-71 up towards cleveland) i would have to downshift to maintain speed, even while empty. the 2.3 would get 28 hwy, the best ive seen from my 4.0 is 19 (however that was during a vacation that took me into hilly W.V. that my 2.3 would have been in 3rd for miles, the 4.0 maintained speed with the cruise in 5th) all that said, if you dont see much in the way of long upgrades while driving and you dont pull over 1,000 pounds get the 4. if you ever think you'll pull 1,000+ or will see some driving in hilly areas (or want 4wd-it does take up some horsepower) get the 4.0, the 3.0 is a good reliable motor but doesnt make much more power than the 2.3 and gets about the same fuel usage as the 4.0, it also makes its power higher up in the rpm range, you'll want the lowest gears possible and dont be afraid to wind it up.
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My 4.0 gets 16mpg...my 2.3 gets 26mpg. Depends on what you are needing out of the truck.
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Just checked my mileage in urban driving last night on my 4.0 auto. 19.54MPG

I believe overall I've lost about 2 mpg from my 3.0 auto. Both are extended cabs.

My earlier short bed std. cab 4 cyl. std. did get good gas mileage but required a lot of transmission rowing during normal driving just to maintain speed.

Bottom line, I liked them all. So no bad choices.
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i had the 2.3L in my last truck. and i now have they 4.0L. ill admitt im not getting great gas mileage but everyone else is saying they get better so i guess its my driving. my buddy has the 3.0L and the differance between the too is very noticeable. the 4.0L is much more powerful and we get the same mpg and we both drive the same. back to the 4cyl, i have had the smallest engine and now have the biggest engine that comes factory in these trucks, and i would never suggest a 4cyl. when on the highway if you want to pass someone u need about 10min of preperation to pull off the manuever. it is incredably slow but has a good amount of torque and was the only thing i liked about it other than gas mileage.

if power isnt to important then a 4cyl paired with the 5spd manual trans. is probably the best thing to fight against gas prices. i drove mine with a heavy foot all the time and still got 22miles to the gallon. on the highway to northern florida i got 28-32 miles to the gallon. i would love to go back to my 4cyl now that gas is over $3 a gallon but i love having the power and 4x4 so it is worth it to me.
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Thanks for all the input. I won't be towing anything and mostly will use the truck for going back and forth to work. Flat land as I live in central Ca.

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a 2.3 would be great for gas milage then.
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i would still get at least a 3.0. but thats my preference, if i wanted a 4cyl i wouldnt waste time with a truck, id just but a honda or something.
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Why? So he can waste gas and have too big of a engine then he needs? Not everyone needs a 4.0
i have a 4.0 auto and i can get 24-25 mpg highway and 20 in the city....
but im not stock and get about 10 now haha
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i vote 4
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i would still get at least a 3.0. but thats my preference, if i wanted a 4cyl i wouldnt waste time with a truck, id just but a honda or something.
The new 2.3 has almost the same hp as the 3.0 I own both and I prefer the 2.3 over the 3.0.
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